Governors Pen Portraits

Mr David Cowley

Chair of Governors

David Cowley

David is a sponsor governor. He was involved in the planning for the Academy in the year before the school opened and became Chair of the Local Governing Body in September 2009. He was a governor of the sponsor, Wellington College from1997 to 2008. He lives in Hampshire and is also Chairman of The Not Forgotten Association, a tri service charity which cares for injured and disabled service and ex-service men and women. He retired from a career in insurance broking aged 60 in 2008.



Mr Robin Edwards

Parent Governor

Robin Edwards

Robin is Parent Governor with two children in the Academy. Robin has lived in and worked in Hampshire, apart from a foray to Cyprus for 2 years, for the last 16 years as a chartered surveyor.  He currently works for a membership organisation covering the South East region based in Andover.


Mrs Sarah Evans

Sponsor Governor

Sarah Evans

Sarah Evans is the governor focusing on inclusion and students with additional educational needs and has been a governor since 2010. Sarah founded, and is now Chair of Governors at Westside School in Hammersmith; a small secondary school for students who have been excluded from the mainstream system, and wish to go on in education. Sarah has family roots in Wiltshire near the Academy, and a background in psychology, management consulting, and finance.


Mrs Anne Keane-Maher

Sponsor Governor, Chair of Academic Working Group

Anne Keane-Maher

Ann became a headteacher in 2002. The school achieved 4 consecutive Outstanding Ofsted judgements. In 2007 she was asked to take on board a failing school. It had been in special measures for 5 years. It was taken out of special measures the following year and she ran both schools together for 2 years. She was then asked by the education minister to be the first state school to sponsor another school as an Academy; she took both schools into Academy status. She returned to the south of England in September 2011 as a Headteacher in Wokingham. She has worked with Wellington Academy for 3 years  and is very proud of the journey the school has made.


Mr Matthew Oakman

Sponsor Governor

Matthew Oakman

Matt is a sponsor governor primarily through his role as Deputy Head (Academic) at Wellington College. He takes a particular interest in academic matters focusing on data performance and curriculum development. He has worked at Wellington College for the past 18 years and previous roles have included Director of Sport and Head of 6th Form.


Iain Henderson

Sponsor Governor

Iain Henderson

Iain is Deputy Head at Wellington College. He has taught in both state and independent sectors, and has previously been Head of Year, Housemaster and Assistant Head. His current role oversees all educational developments and partnerships for College, across the extended family of schools, and the local community. These developments include Leadership, Coaching, the Compass Programme, Research, Professional Learning, Educational Conferences and the Festival of Education. The partnerships are with the schools of the Wellington Multi-Academy Trust, Eagle House, the growing group of international schools, the Independent State School Partnership, the Wheeler Programme for state school pupils, and the Wellington College Teaching School Partnership. He has previously been a governor of Elstree School for 13 years.


Mr Jim Phillips

Parent Governor

Jim Phillips

Jim Phillips is a parent governor who has had two children at the academy over the last 6 years. He has worked and lived within the military garrison of Tidworth since 2009. Jim has been in the military since 1995 when he became a member of the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers (REME) and is still serving to date. He is currently a Warrant Officer Class 1 at 5 Force Support Battalion REME, based in Tidworth. As a senior soldier he is also passionate about leadership and the development of future leaders and engineers. Outside of work he is a keen mountain biker and likes to spend his spare time participating in and instructing his chosen sport.